Overnight Oats with Light Coconut Milk

Last week I posted a short tutorial on making overnight oats from steel cut oats. Many asked for a written recipe, so here it is! Steel cut oats are the better option because they are less processed than the more popular rolled oats. As a result, steel cut oats are far easier to digest causing less discomfort after meals. Usually they take 8 to 10 minutes to cook, but with the overnight option, there is little preparation and less clean up time. It’s really a win-win.

You will need:

1/3 cup light coconut milk
1/4 steel cut oats
bowl
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup filtered water
1/8 cup dried blueberries
1/8 chopped walnuts

Add coconut milk and steel cut oats to a bowl and cover in the fridge overnight. After at least 4 hours, oats will have completely absorbed milk. Now add filtered water slowly (stirring occasionally) until they reach desired texture. Mix in cinnamon, blueberries, and chopped walnuts. Enjoy cold, or microwave for 30 seconds.

Confetti Oatmeal

Who loves oatmeal? I have always heard very mixed reviews. For some it is bland and the texture is all wrong. Others who like it even tire of it, because they have run out of ideas. Since we know the healthy benefits of iron, fiber, protein and more– it is good to wake up a little earlier and take the time to prepare oatmeal and start the day out right. I’ve gone out on a limb and combined fruits and flavors that I have never eaten together before, and it is absolutely delicious. With nothing more than the natural sweetening from fruits, this hot cereal is almost too good to be true!

You will need:

  • Quick cook steel cut oats
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP chopped walnuts
  • 2 TBSP pomegranate seeds
  • 1 TBSP mint leaves, chopped roughly
  • 1 date minced for sweetening
  • 1/2 banana thinly sliced
  • Optional: 1 TBSP unsweetened coconut milk ( I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Drink)

1. Cook steel cut oats according to directions. Just as they finish thickening into the pot, add coconut milk.

2. Pour oatmeal into a bowl and top with cinnamon and tiny date pieces for sweetening and flavor.

 

3. Last, add walnuts, pomegranate seeds,  mint and banana slices.

Calories: 304 Fiber: 8g Iron: 16% Protein: 8g

Naturally Sweetened Steel Cut Oatmeal

I find it difficult to ever go back to instant oatmeal after having Jamba Juice’s delicious steel cut oats. In vowing to add no sugar or salt to my food for 21 days, I opted to make my oatmeal at home. It’s also much more cost-effective. Breakfast was divine, and with only a few ingredients. I used:

*Trader Joe’s quick cook steel oats
*1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
* 2 large dates minced
* cinnamon
*1/8 cup walnuts chopped

1. Cook oatmeal according to instructions.

2. Sprinkle cinnamon, nuts, strawberries, then dates.

Enjoy!

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Nutritional facts: Calories: 322, Fat: 13g, Protein: 8g, Iron: 14%